The Phillies were on a roll earlier this month, taking five in a row in a stretch that saw them top out a game above .500. They’ve gone in the other direction since, falling hard to the Brewers and Twins as they dropped four straight.
Both under .500 for the year, the Twins and Brewers have combined to go 54-71 this season. The Phillies are 14-5 on the season against the Mets and Marlins and 17-29 against everyone else.
Last night, Howard singled off a lefty in the top of the eighth, driving in Frandsen to tie the game at 2-2. Adams walked the leadoff man Jamey Carroll to start the bottom of the eighth, though, and Carroll came around to score on a two-out single off of Bastardo and the Phils fell 3-2.
Adams was charged with the run and has now allowed six runs in 7 1/3 innings over his last eight appearances.
The Phillies are 31-34 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Minnesota Twins last night. They have lost four in a row.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
The Phillies scored two runs or less for the sixth time in the last ten starts for Hamels. He threw to a 10.97 ERA over his first two starts on the season. Since then he’s thrown to a 3.54 ERA and the Phillies have gone 2-10 in his outings.
Jamey Carroll led off the bottom of the first with a single, but Hamels got the next three behind him.
Hamels struck out the side in the second, getting Justin Morneau, Oswaldo Arcia and Brian Dozier all swinging.
He started the third up 1-0. Carroll singled to right with two outs and stole second before Joe Mauer grounded to second to leave him stranded.
Back-to-back doubles by Josh Willingham and Morneau in the fourth tied the game at 1-1 with Morneau on second and one down. Arcia was next and he doubled off the base of the wall in center, scoring Morneau to put the Twins up 2-1. Dozier moved Arcia up to third with a single, putting runners on the corners for Clete Thomas. Hamels got Thomas to ground into a double-play to end the inning.
Minnesota gets four straight hits against Hamels after he records the first out — three doubles in a row followed by Dozier’s single.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth.
Morneau singled with two outs in the sixth, but Hamels got Arcia swinging 2-2 to leave him at first.
Michael Young made a very nice diving play and a long throw to first to take extra-bases away from Ryan Doumit for the first out of the inning.
De Fratus struck out Thomas and Pedro Florimon in a 1-2-3 seventh.
De Fratus has 1.80 ERA and an 0.80 ratio in ten innings for the season over 13 appearances. Opponents are hitting just .167 against him, he hasn’t allowed a home run and has walked just two.
Adams started the eighth with the game tied at 2-2. Carroll led off and Adams walked him on four pitches. Mauer followed with a single to right that put men on first and second with nobody out. Doumit was next and hit a ball handled by Adams. Adams threw to second to force Mauer for the first out with runners safe at the corners and one down. Willingham fouled out to Michael Young for the second out with the runners holding and Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Morneau. Bastardo got ahead of Morneau before Morneau singled into center on a 1-2 pitch, scoring Carroll (3-2) and moving Doumit up to second. Arcia struck out swinging 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.
You really want to try to avoid walking the leadoff man on four pitches in a tie game. Adams does a great job to get a popup for the second out with runners on the corners, but Bastardo can’t get Morneau and the Twins pull ahead.
The last 47 batters Adams has faced in his last 11 appearances have on-based .383 against him. They’ve hit just .256, but with seven walks in 10 1/3 innings. He’s also allowed three home runs in those 10 1/3 innings.
Bastardo faces two batters in the game, allowing the go-ahead single before getting the strikeout. He’s been charged with just two runs in seven innings over his last eight appearances, but has allowed six hits and five walks (1.57 ratio over his last eight appearances with opponents on-basing .375 against him).
Overall the pen goes two innings, allowing a run on two hits and a walk while striking out three. There was an off-day on Monday, so nobody has thrown more than one day in a row. Nobody threw more than 13 pitches in the game.
The Phillie lineup against righty PJ Walters went (1) Michael Young (2) Revere (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Quintero. Mayberry in right with Delmon Young DHing in Minnesota. Quintero catches with Ruiz and Kratz down. Michael Young continues to lead off. He’s 9-for-20 (450/476/450) batting first for the year.
The Phillies went in order in the first. Florimon made a nice play on a ball hit hard by Michael Young for the first out.
Howard and Brown both struck out in the second.
Mayberry led off the third and hit a ball to short. Florimon fielded and threw to first, but his throw was not handled there. Morneau was charged with an error and Mayberry was safe at first. Galvis flew to left for the first out and Quintero moved Mayberry up to second when he grounded to the pitcher for the second. It brought Michael Young to the plate and he singled to right. Mayberry scored from second, putting the Phils up 1-0. Mauer came out in front of the plate to take Doumit’s throw from right. Young tried to move up to second as the throw came home, but Mauer threw him out there to end the frame.
Clutch two-out hit for Young, but the run is unearned due to the Morneau error at first to start the inning.
Howard singled to center with two outs in the fourth. Brown grounded to Florimon to set the Phillies down.
The Phillies were down 2-1 when Mayberry doubled softly to right with one out in the fifth. Galvis followed with a walk, but Quintero struck out for the second out and Michael Young went down on a ball handled by the pitcher to turn the Phils away.
Rollins singled to center with one out in the sixth. Howard flew to left for the second out and Brown grounded to first to leave Rollins stranded.
The Phils went in order in the seventh.
Still down a run, Frandsen hit for Quintero to start the eighth and singled to left. Michael Young struck out swinging for the first out before Revere moved Young up to second with a single to left. Lefty Brian Duensing took over for Walters and struck Rollins out swinging at a 3-2 pitch off the plate, but Howard followed and singled into right. Frandsen scored from second, tying the game at 2-2 with two down and men on first and second. Brown grounded to second to end the frame.
Frandsen is called on to pinch-hit against the righty and delivers a rally-starting pinch-hit single. Big at-bat for Rollins and he strikes out on a ball out of the zone, but Howard picks him up with a single to right off of the lefty.
Howard’s line against lefties for the year is up to 220/258/373.
Lefty Glen Perkins started the ninth for the Twins with Minnesota leading 3-2. Delmon Young led off and lined to first for the first out. Mayberry flew to left for the second and Galvis struck out swinging 3-2 to end the game.
Michael Young was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s hitting .379 so far in June. Made a great play in the sixth on a ball hit hard by Doumit. Florimon took a hit away from him with a nice play in the first.
Revere 1-for-4. He’s 6-for-his-last-37 (.162).
Rollins 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 6-for-his-last-29 (.207). The walk binge is apparently over — he hasn’t walked over 21 plate appearances in his last five starts.
Howard 2-for-4 with an RBI-single off the lefty Duensing to tie the game in the eighth. His walk binge looks over, too. No walks in his last 20 plate appearances.
Brown 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 0-for-7 over the last two games.
Delmon Young 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 0-for-his-last-8. On-basing .275 against righties for the year.
Mayberry 1-for-4 with a softly hit double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 365/377/558 over his last 53 plate appearances.
Galvis 0-for-3. 0-for-his-last-11.
Quintero 0-for-2 with a strikeout. 1-for-his-last-7 with a home run. On-basing .172 against righties for the year.
Cloyd (2-2, 3.68) faces righty Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.40) tonight. Cloyd has allowed more than two earned runs in just one of his five starts on the season. Lefties are hitting 308/383/442 against him for the season. Pelfrey has been hit hard by both righties and lefties this season. Opponents are on-basing .380 against him for the year.